Go Electric

Active Transport

Aside from Electric Vehicles, there are a number of ways you can reduce or eliminate your emissions with active transport.  Examples of active transport include electric bikes, electric scooters and walking.

Electric Bikes/E-Bikes

An electric bike or e-bike is a bicycle that can be powered by both electricity and pedal power.  Think of it as cycling made easy.  When you pedal, the electric motor kicks in and helps power you along which requires less effort than traditional cycling.

In 2019, 3.7 million e-bikes were sold and that is expected to raise to 130 million by 2030!

Benefits of Electric Bikes

Improved Health and Fitness

With so many of us leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, getting out on a bike can be a great way to combat the challenges of that lifestyle. Getting out in the fresh air and exercising is not only great for physical health and fitness but mental health too.

Fast and flexible

Electric bikes are faster than traditional cycling and being able to take advantage of cycle lanes can help avoid traffic. This can take the hassle out of your daily work commute. The average electric bike can travel at 25 – 45 Km/hr making it a great alternative to cars.

Sustainable

When charged with renewable energy, electric bikes produce zero greenhouse gas emissions making them very eco-friendly. Most components of electric bikes can be recycled or repurposed at the end of their lives too.

Low Cost

Electric bikes range from $800 for a basic model to more than $12,000 for a specialised model. Most average models are around $1500-$3000. The cost to run an electric bike is minimal with the only costs being the electricity to charge it (unless using your home solar energy) and basic maintenance that you would expect for any bicycle.

No-Sweat Solution

As the electric bike does a lot of the work for you, there’s no need to wear lycra or worry about finding a shower at the other end. Some e-bike riders even wear a suit and tie while they ride!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an electric bike battery last?

Most electric bike manufacturers claim 30-100Km range on a fully charged battery. This can depend on a number of factors such as weight of the rider, how fast you pedal, how many hills you travel up, temperature etc.

How long does an electric bike battery take to charge?

An average electric bike battery will take 3-6 hours to fully charge from flat with a standard powerpoint.

Are there special laws regarding electric bikes?

Generally speaking, in Queensland, electric bikes are subject to the same rules as riding a standard bicycle.  There are rules determining when an electric bike is no longer considered a bike:

  • Motor must be pedal-assist only and be capable of generating no more than 200 watts of power in total (some exemption applies for pedalecs with a 25Km/hr cut out)
  • Must not be petrol-powered or have an internal combustion engine

Do I need a licence to ride an electric bike?

No.  You do not need a licence to ride an electric bike.  It is generally considered the same as riding a normal bicycle.

Electric Scooters / E-Scooters

An electric scooter or e-scooter is a ride-on central deck with two or three wheels that is powered by an electric motor.

Electric scooters have been around since the late 1990’s but really started becoming popular in 2016.  They are a fantastic transport option for shorter commutes and can be loads of fun.

Benefits of Electric Scooters

No Traffic

As they are lightweight and able to travel on footpaths, there’s no need to sit in peak hour traffic. This can make your commute to work or school much more enjoyable.

Sustainable

As you don’t need fuel to run electric scooters, they have no greenhouse gas emissions and if charging at home with your solar energy they are completely carbon neutral to run.  At the end of their life, most electric scooter components can be recycled or repurposed.

No Parking

As electric scooters are compact and lightweight, they are easy to pick up, carry and store under your desk at work!  They are a fantastic option to avoid leaving a vehicle at a train or bus station all day if you take public transport too.

Low Cost

An electric scooter will range from $400 to $6000 to purchase depending on features, make, model etc.  General maintenance costs are minimal and if charging using solar energy generated at home, they cost nothing to run.  When you add on additional savings in the form of parking costs then electric scooters are very low cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Electric Scooters legal?

In Queensland, electric scooters are classed as rideables, provided they fit the following criteria:

  • Designed for single person use only
  • Fit the following dimensions:

– 1250mm long x 700mm wide x 11350mm high
OR
– 700mm long x 1250mm wide x 1350mm high

 

  • Have a maximum speed of 25Km/hr
  • Have a maximum weight of 60Kg (excluding a person or load)
  • Be powered by an electric motor
  • Have 1 or more wheels
  • Have a braking system
  • Have no sharp protrusions

Do I need a licence to ride an Electric Scooter?

No.  In Queensland, a licence is not required to own or ride an electric scooter.

Where can I ride my Electric Scooter?

You are able to ride an electric scooter on footpaths, designated road crossings and local streets (50Km/h speed limit or less) where it is safe to do so.

What safety measures should I take when riding my Electric Scooter?

According to the Queensland government, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age or 12 years of age with adult supervision
  • Wear an approved bicycle helmet that is securely fitted at all times
  • Not carry passengers
  • Not use a mobile device
  • Not drink alcohol and ride
  • Have a working flashing or steady white light on the front and a red light and reflector at the rear when travelling at night or in hazardous conditions
  • Keep left on footpaths and give way to pedestrians
  • Travel at 12Km/h or less so you are able to stop safely and avoid colliding with pedestrians
  • Keep a safe distance from pedestrians
  • Keep left of oncoming bicycles or other rideables
  • Use the bicycle side of a shared path

 Walking

Of course, if riding bikes and scooters isn’t your thing, you may prefer to walk!  Walking is excellent exercise and can be a great way to connect with family, friends and colleagues.  Every time you choose to walk rather than drive a short distance you are reducing your carbon footprint.  Why not improve your physical and mental health by walking instead?

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